Chelsea Set Sights on Brazilian Prodigy as Barcelona Steps Back

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Barcelona’s Change of Heart

In a significant turn of events, Barcelona has decided to withdraw from the pursuit of Estevao Willian, the 16-year-old sensation stirring up interest at Stamford Bridge. Reports suggest that the Spanish club has shifted its focus to fostering the talents of their own young star, Lamine Yamal, potentially clearing the path for Chelsea to make their move.

Palmeiras’ Price Tag

Willian’s current club, Palmeiras, is reportedly holding out for a hefty fee of at least £51 million, which could soar as high as £65 million to secure the winger’s services. It’s understood that the Brazilian club would retain a substantial 70% of the transfer sum, with the remainder going to the player’s representatives.

Transfer Timing and Terms

Any deal for Willian would have to wait until the player turns 18 in April 2025, as he is not eligible to transfer internationally until then. Despite his youth, Willian has already made a splash with six senior appearances for Palmeiras and a standout performance for Brazil’s Under-17 team at the World Cup last year.

Endrick’s Path – A Sign of Things to Come?

Willian has shared the pitch with fellow Brazilian talent Endrick, who has already secured a future move to Real Madrid, set to take place when he turns 18. Endrick’s trajectory could be a signpost for Willian’s potential rise, with the former having recently netted a critical goal against England at Wembley.

Chelsea’s Brazilian Flair

Chelsea, under the stewardship of Todd Boehly since 2022, has shown a keen interest in nurturing Brazilian prospects. The London club has already brought in Andrey Santos, Angelo Gabriel, and Deivid Washington, indicating a strategic focus on South American talent that could soon include Willian in its ranks.

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